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7:48 am
Fri April 29, 2011

Health Care Becomes Hot Topic

Oklahoma City, OK – Voters pepper Lankford with questions at town hall

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma voters upset with a proposed GOP plan to overhaul Medicare peppered new Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford with questions over how future retirees will fare under the proposal.

Oklahoma's newest congressman held his first public town hall meeting Thursday in Oklahoma City, and most of the questions centered on changes to Medicare.

The budget passed earlier this month by House Republicans would replace Medicare with a government voucher to buy private insurance, for people hitting age 65 in 2022 or later.

Susan McCann of Edmond says she fears a voucher-based system will leave many seniors without health care when they're older and need it most.

But Lankford says the GOP proposal will not end Medicare, but make necessary changes to keep it solvent.